Altarr was originally colonized by a group of humans and aliens wishing
independence from the Old Republic to be at peace with nature without
any outside influence. This attitude changed slightly over the next
thousand years when the Altarrens began to become paranoid after hearing
stories of great interstellar wars which ravaged entire worlds.
The Altarren Confederate Council met and decided that it was time to
create their own military force specifically for defense purposes. In
the earlier days, the Altarren Navy consisted mainly of a handful of
armed freighters while the Altarren Mobile Infantry was barely above
a regiment in strength.
Over the next few hundred years, Altarr began to grow economically as
trade in the sector picked up. The Altarrens could finally afford the
military defense force that they always wanted.
Approximately six hundred years before the Empire's rise to power, the
first Altarren designed warship left the spacedocks - an Ares class
starcruiser. The Altarren military force continued to grow at an almost
exponential rate for the next three hundred years, at which point the
funds were transferred into creating a planet-wide subterrainian hover
This new subterrainian train network was completed in under fifty years,
due greatly in part to the many thousands of workers and droids who
dedicated much of their lives to it. Every major city was interconnected
by tunnels, travel was made easier and the streets thus became a bit
more managable to drive a speeder down.
However, the Altarren's worst fear soon became true. The Empire had come
to power and it didn't take it long to notice Altarr's reluctance to join.
Grand Admiral Moudurn dispatched a trio of star destroyers to the system
to change their mind.
Initially, the three star destroyers, led by the ISD Illspawn, held back
when faced with the numerous Altarren Ares and Athena class warships (each
of which centuries old). When TIE/rcs reported back that the antique ships
lacked deflector shield generators, the destroyers moved in. The ISDs tore
into the Altarren formation, blasting the ancient and unshielded starships
into pieces while hordes of TIE fighters engaged the antique, yet suprisingly
effective, Altarren AF76 starfighters. In the end, the Altarrens were forced
to surrender or face full-scale planetary bombardment.
Following the fall of the Empire, the Altarrens celebrated their independence
as the local Imperial forces were drawn away by one of the various warlords.
A few years later, they finally opted to join the New Republic rather than
attempt to rebuild their once mighty defense force.
Location: Mid Rim: Minar Sector
Atmosphere: Type I
Terrain: Forest, plains, mountain, urban
Length of Day: 22 standard hours
Length of Year: 412 local days
Sapient Species: Humans, various other species
Population: 5,624,000,000 (estimated)
Planet Function: Homeworld
Government: Confederacy of States
Tech Level: Space
Major Exports: Textiles, crops
Major Imports: Starship parts